A reminder to avoid touching animals at the fair - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

A reminder to avoid touching animals at the fair

For many families, one of the most fun things about the South Plains Fair is the chance to see and touch farm animals.  Not to mention all the kids who have been grooming pigs and lambs and other animals to show in livestock competitions.  

Since animals can have bugs, bacteria, and other parasites, these words of advice from Dr. Ron Cook in the Department of Family Medicine at Texas Tech.  "Number one is to always wash your hands after you handle an animal. You know, their hygiene is not great. Our hygiene has to be better. We have to wash your hands after we touch. Don't have any drinks, no pacifiers, no food in the area of where you're petting the animal. So make sure you're washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water."

Dr. Cook says some people should avoid touching any animals at the fair.  That includes the very young, the very old, and anyone who is on chemo or living with an immune compromised condition.

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